Welcome to Lakeland Community College's geography and geospatial technology department.
The geospatial technology Associate of Applied Science and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for careers in the burgeoning fields of geospatial technology. This includes positions in government and private industry in the fields of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, location positioning, mapping and related areas. Geospatial technology is recognized by the US Department of Labor as a high-growth career field and this program will prepare students to enter this high demand job market.
Students are able to fulfill transfer and general education requirements while learning about the advanced technologies that are shaping new visions of the earth and its systems.
From analysis of roadways and profiling the movement of infectious disease to emergency management and targeted marketing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) play a significant role.
GIS uses technology to capture, analyze and display information from a geographical perspective. Here are some examples:
- In the business world GIS is used for marketing, logistics, insurance risk analysis, banking, real estate, and more.
- In all levels of government GIS is used for economic development, emergency management, crime mapping, disease profiling, traffic planning, and more.
- Environmentalists use GIS to understand animal habitats, vegetation, changes in land, including development of parks and protected areas.
- GIS is used in natural resource exploration and management, telling miners where to mine, drillers the best options for running pipe, and farmers where to plant crops for the most yield.
- Utility companies use GIS to understand and restore outages, plan distribution and construction, and respond to emergencies.